One of the biggest races in the nation, the BolderBoulder 10k held on Memorial Day is just over 2 weeks away. If you haven’t registered yet, do so this weekend before you get hit with the $9 “procrastination fee’ starting on Monday May 14, 2012.
To make the race a great experience for everyone, runners who can run a 10k faster than 68 minutes are encouraged to qualify for a wave which will places them with other runners of equal speed. This way each wave feels like a race on its own accord.
You can qualify for a wave by providing a race result within the last year from almost any race distance or even by running two miles on the treadmill at the BolderBoulder Store located on the west side of the 29th Street Mall. But if you are looking to still get a qualifying time and be part of a fun race, there are two great local options this weekend.
The Flat Out 5k, part of the BolderBoulder Race Series, will start in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Flatiron Crossing Mall in Broomfield, CO at 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00 a.m.. The 5k course winds along the Zip Shuttle path mostly around the outside of the main grounds to finish at Gordon Biersch where your entry also gets you a beer and fries. Since the race is part of the BolderBoulder Race Series, there will be a signup for the BolderBoulder on site where they will take your finish time and place you in the appropriate wave.
On Sunday May 13, the 10th annual Mother’s Day Boulder Title 9k will be held at the Boulder Reservoir. This is a great event for moms and families to spend some quality time together. The scenic 9k+ course which loops around the Boulder Reservoir on trails and dirt roads will be chip timed for the first time this year. There will be pace groups to help runners meet their goal for the day and have a great time. Goodies for the race include a T9k cotton/poly blend T-shirt from Title Nine, a goodie bag filled from their generous supporters, and a post race party so that families can enjoy music and the vendors.
Get there early for the T9 Rag-A-Muffin Run which starts at 8:15 a.m., a short but fun race for kids eight or younger who want to be part of the fun. The Title 9k+ race will start promptly at 9 a.m..
There is plenty of parking at Boulder Reservoir but because of just the one road leading in, traffic can get backed up quickly so race organizers are encouraging participants and spectators to arrive at least an hour before the start time or find an alternate place to park in the area.
After a long weekend of running and racing, wind down and recover on Monday night with Yoga for Runners at the Boulder Running Company in Boulder at 7:15 p.m.. The class is taught by Erin Chlumsky, CMT, RYT and is open to people of all levels and expertise. Bring your mat and enjoy an hour of balance, lengthening and strengthening. The cost of the class is $5.